Cuba: Castro's Cuba Has Fine Music, Dancing Waiters, Brussels Sprouts: "Castro's Cuba Has Fine Music, Dancing Waiters, Brussels Sprouts
Castro's Cuba Has Fine Music, Dancing Waiters, Brussels Sprouts
Aug. 11 (Bloomberg) -- Shortly after the Cuban revolution ended in 1959, Fidel Castro gestured to a Havana crowd and announced, ``In 15 years, all of these people will have cars.''
Almost half a century later, not only has that prediction failed to come to pass, but most of those Cubans who do have a car -- it is a land remarkably free of traffic -- are driving an automobile approximately 50 years old.
The youthful Castro, cited in that anecdote by Ann Louise Bardach in her book, ``Cuba Confidential: Love and Vengeance in Miami and Havana,'' would have been amazed to learn that the veteran vehicles of Havana now rank high among the country's tourist attractions and that his workers' paradise has become dependent on the tourists who admire them.